Prince George may be known for its outdoor activities, but there are also a lot of fun indoor activities too! Here’s a little sampling of what you can do indoors in the city:
OVERhang Climbing Gym
if you are into rock climbing, but the weather outside is miserable, there is an indoor option for you. OVERhang is a local indoor climbing gym and they have 3 rooms for climbing. It is suitable for all beginners and experts alike. You can pay a small fee to drop in for a day, or you can buy a monthly pass if you are staying in the city for a while. If you are new to indoor climbing, they even have indoor climbing lessons.
Besides hosting the climbing gym, they also have many outdoor related courses including Swiftwater Safety & Rescue, Avalanche skills training, first aid and paddling. You can find a whole list of the courses that they offer on the OVERhang website.
Prince George Golf and Curling Club
Housed in the same building as the Overhang Climbing Gym, the Prince George Golf and Curling Club features an outdoor golf course in the summer that the public can use and an indoor curling rink for local teams. You have to be on a team to play curling, but it’s a lot of fun to watch it live!
Bowling at Black Diamond Lanes or Strike Zone
If you like to bowl, Prince George has at least a couple of great bowling alleys. Black Diamond Lanes is one them, and features 5-pin bowling. I like that it is conveniently located downtown. If you are more into 10-pin bowling, there is The Strike Zone, which is near Pine Centre Mall. Both offer drop in bowling, so you don’t have to be in a league to play. It’s a great way to spend an evening with some friends and family.
The Prince George Public Library
After a day of enjoying the great outdoors or indoors, there is nothing like relaxing and reading a good book! And great place to find some books is at the Prince George Public Library. The city has 2 branches of their local library, the Bob Harkins branch which is downtown, and a smaller one at the Hart Highway Mall (Nechako Branch). They have tons of books and newspapers to chose from. If you aren’t from the city, you won’t be able to take any out, but there is a lot of seating for you to relax and read. There is also a Skylab computer area in the downtown library, where you can surf the internet for free, even if you are not from the area.
Two Rivers Art Gallery
If you like visiting art galleries while you travel, Prince George has an excellent art gallery which is conveniently located downtown near the downtown public library, Civic Centre, and one of the city’s two pools. The gallery features many works of art from artists all over British Columbia. And like many fine art galleries around the world, they have a free admission day every Thursday, along with extended hours. Thursdays are also when many new exhibitions open and you will have a chance to meet the artist.
This is only a taste of what Prince George has to offer for indoor activities year round. You could also go swimming at one of the city’s two indoor swimming pools, watch a hockey game at the CN Centre or at the Coliseum, or take a walk indoors on one of the longest indoor tracks in BC at the Charles Jago Northern Sports Centre at the University of Northern BC. The possibilities are endless!
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